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Old 11-07-2007, 08:14 AM   #31
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I work with low income Internet users and the Eee might be perfect for a project I'm on. Got approval yesterday to purchase and pilot one. I'll give a full report here, you know, in case it ends up in my tank bag or something. Hopefully the 8G will be out soon. The 4G ($399 at Newegg) is a touch spendy right now. Thanks for the link!
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Old 11-08-2007, 01:21 PM   #32
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I've been using my eee for a few days now and so far, and I'm still impressed. The wireless card is much stronger than the one in my macbook...i get significantly stronger connections from much greater distances.

I just snapped a photo of me arriving at this post, typing on top of my aerostich pannier. Bike is a DRZS.



And here's the bike loaded for 6-7 weeks in Mexico/Guatemala, including laptop. Leaving on December 1 and hoping to catch up with my brain shortly thereafter.

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Old 11-08-2007, 07:37 PM   #33
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I've been eyeballing these Eee PC's for a while now... what kind of battery life are you getting out of it?

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Old 11-08-2007, 10:16 PM   #34
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I've been eyeballing these Eee PC's for a while now... what kind of battery life are you getting out of it?

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It review says 3.5 hours... which I can't believe. I've got a Sony 350p with a 10" screen, DVD, XVGA graphics, 512 RAM and I get more than 6 hours out of my battery. It's not running the Ultra Mobile processor.. just the regular Intel Mobile.

Seems something with low resolution, fixed hard drive and no DVD with an Ultra Mobile processor would run 10+ hours on a battery.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:17 PM   #35
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........the bike loaded for 6-7 weeks in Mexico/Guatemala, including laptop. Leaving on December 1 and hoping to catch up with my brain shortly thereafter.
LR and I are leaving for Mex/Guat in Dec, too. Have a safe trip and maybe we'll meet up while down there.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:29 AM   #36
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LR and I are leaving for Mex/Guat in Dec, too.

Make sure to have fun would you !!
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:50 AM   #37
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It review says 3.5 hours... which I can't believe. I've got a Sony 350p with a 10" screen, DVD, XVGA graphics, 512 RAM and I get more than 6 hours out of my battery. It's not running the Ultra Mobile processor.. just the regular Intel Mobile.

Seems something with low resolution, fixed hard drive and no DVD with an Ultra Mobile processor would run 10+ hours on a battery.
It's a small, cylindrical style battery that is part of the compact design. No room for a more traditional lithium brick. I've been getting 3 to 3.5 ---I think I could push it further word processing with a lightly dimmed screen...so far I've been wif-fi connected and full bore web surfing.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:51 AM   #38
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LR and I are leaving for Mex/Guat in Dec, too. Have a safe trip and maybe we'll meet up while down there.
That would be outstanding. I owe LR at least a beer for all the good advice he's been giving me in Outer Darkness. And I'd be happy to let you burn through some short battery hours on a geeky laptop so that you can report your own impressions.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:50 AM   #39
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What would be the chances of doing a little hack and fitting an
external battery? The ones found on portable DVD
players would be a good dimension.

What are the battery specs?
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:33 AM   #40
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My Old Work LapTop ITRONIX!




The one I had was a 5+ year old model

You could probably find one off lease for not much $$ but a New One would probably cost double or triple what a similar spec'd out reg pc cost.
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:12 PM   #41
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I've been eyeballing these Eee PC's for a while now...snip...
Same here. Am hoping ASUS will release the 4 gig non-camera (i.e. cheaper) version in the U.S.

I was originally looking at smart phones for my on-road internet fix, but I think the Eee would be a better choice for me than a $$ laptop or smart phone.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:01 PM   #42
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Same here. Am hoping ASUS will release the 4 gig non-camera (i.e. cheaper) version in the U.S.

I was originally looking at smart phones for my on-road internet fix, but I think the Eee would be a better choice for me than a $$ laptop or smart phone.
There will be a 256mb, 2gb version for $299 as well as a 8gb, 8gb w/10" LCD for $499.

I posted a quick review on the Asus E PC here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=245335&page=4

As for the battery, I think it's a realistic rating unlike most other laptops. It doesn't have a bunch of stuff grabbing for power but it's also very small which means the batter is smaller as well. Leaving the Wifi on will really kill the batteries so you could turn that off when you don't need it to help conserve power. You can also disable the camera so it doesn't waste power as well. Turn the speakers off, Dim the screen, turn off the wifi and I think it will get decent battery life.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:08 PM   #43
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Wow, I'm kind of dissappointed to hear about the 3-3.5 hour battery life. I figured it would perform better than a regular laptop because of the lack of optical drives and smaller screen. But smaller package = smaller battery. Phooey... my search continues.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:09 PM   #44
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Nokia

770 or 880 if you want to spend twice as much. Great wifi, bluetooth to your other devices, VOIP, GPS, all sorts of capabilities and itweighs nothing, small enough to fit in your jacket pocket - I keep mine in my tank bag. Great for the road and if you break it, you can replace it for 160 bucks or less. Brilliant
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:57 PM   #45
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That would be outstanding. I owe LR at least a beer for all the good advice he's been giving me in Outer Darkness. And I'd be happy to let you burn through some short battery hours on a geeky laptop so that you can report your own impressions.
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